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His vast number of television credits also included appearances on “Rhoda,” “Columbo,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Kojak,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Fantasy Island,” “Eight Is Enough,” “Lou Grant,” “Happy Days,” “The A-Team” and “Murder She Wrote.”
Wells also did a number of TV »
- Variety Staff
We’re back! Full of turkey, ready to sit down in front of the TV and zone out with a full Netflix queue. What’s the latest and greatest to hit the streaming service du jour? There are some major Hollywood hits like “Skyfall,” “Dances with Wolves,” and “Apocalypse Now” new to the Netflix universe but we here at Hc try to focus on what you might not have seen.
Here are ten flicks to add to your queue that could have fallen under your movie radar if we weren’t here to pick them up. You’re welcome. There’s a foreign film, two documentaries, a sci-fi flick, and even a musical. Pick your favorites. Or just watch all ten.
On the heels of a rough assignment, assassin Jack declares that his next job will be his last. Dispatched to a small Italian town to await further orders, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
Sasha Alexander, star of the TNT original drama “Rizzoli & Isles,” and Clark Gregg, star of the ABC series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” will reveal the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® nominations on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The nominations announcement will be telecast live on TNT at 9 a.m. (Et) / 6 a.m. (Pt) and webcast live on tntdrama.com and tbs.com. Prior to the announcement, this year’s stunt ensemble nominees will be unveiled during a live webcast at 8:50 a.m. (Et) / 5:50 a.m. (Pt).
Alexander has also been named social media ambassador for this year’s SAG Awards. During the six weeks leading up to the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony – which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at 8 p.m. (Et), 7 p.m. (Ct), 6 p.m. (Mt) and 5 p.m. (Pt »
- Michelle McCue
Feature Rob Kemp 15 Nov 2013 - 07:00
Most would agree, Jj Abrams has had a successful career which has gone from strength to strength. Undoubtedly, Star Wars now offers an opportunity for him to reach a creative zenith, but represents also his largest risk. His stylistic choices may not be to everyone’s tastes and he himself admits that there are elements over which he has an obsession (lens flares & secrecy) but these are still a matter of personal taste (I’m ambivalent over the former, and truly appreciate the latter). All that aside, outside his burgeoning film directing career, as an executive producer Abrams has been responsible for an incredible amount of television in a very small space of time. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 31 Oct 2013 - 07:01
We train our sights on the year 1996, and the 25 underappreciated films it has to offer...
Independence Day managed to revive both the alien invasion movie and the disaster flick in 1996, and just about every other mainstream picture released that year lived in its saucer-shaped shadow.
Yet beyond the aerial battles of Independence Day, the flying cows in Twister, and the high-wire antics of Tom Cruise in Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible, there sat an entire library of lesser-known and underappreciated movies.
As part of our attempts to highlight the unsung greats of the 90s, here's our selection of 25 such films from 1996 - the year chess champion Garry Kasparov lost to the might of the computer Deep Blue, and the year comedy star Jim Carrey starred in an unexpectedly dark tale of obsession...
25. The Cable Guy
We can't sit here and »
Breaking: Noomi Rapace has teamed with Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters helmer Tommy Wirkola for What Happened To Monday? The script, which made the Black List, was written by Max Botkin. Rapace will play the multiple roles of septuplet sisters who struggle to stay hidden in an overpopulated world were a one-child policy outlaws siblings. Wirkola said he originally envisioned the protagonist(s) as male, but “I was struck by the complexities of having an actor portray seven characters and immediately knew Noomi was the ideal actor – male or female – to bring them to life,” Wirkola said in a statement. That puts the breakout star of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in the rare company of female talent like Angelina Jolie, who succeeded Tom Cruise as the star of Salt. Raffaella De Laurentiis is producing through Raffaella Productions, along with Vendome’s Philippe Rousselet. Vendome is also financing the film. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The X Factor has revealed the song choices for this weekend's 'Movie Week' theme.
All ten remaining acts will perform songs associated with movies in the third Live Show of the series.
Carrie may have been released in the U.S. to slightly lukewarm reviews but internationally it is yet to open, so with this comes the final and very possibly the best poster for the remake/reboot/reimagining. The poster shows Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick Ass, Let Me In) as the titular Carrie drenched in blood and stopping a car....
This is by far the most effective and creepy poster so far and hints towards a change in both pacing and themes compared to the original.
"The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Julianne Moore; Magnolia) and her daughter Carrie (Moretz). Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Judy Greer; The Descendents) tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargenson (Portia Doubleday »
- Gary Collinson
Ruffalo's crumble, when asked a solicitous question, reminds me that at heart we are all big babies. Thankfully
• Why I love … Cary Grant's pratfalls
The single tear that trickles down Colin Firth's cheek in A Single Man, after discovering his partner has been killed in a car crash. Brad Pitt in Se7en, retching panicked tears when he finds out what's in the box. Tom Cruise's twisted agony in Magnolia, Will Ferrell's Glass Case Of Emotion, Leonardo DiCaprio in every film he's ever been in: the male sob in cinema is often an angry gasp, whether accompanied by tears teetering on the cusp of a lower-eyelid, or streaming waterfalls. Marc Ruffalo's crying scene in You Can Count On Me comes from a different place however; a soft, childlike whimper by a man who's glad to be home. »
- Harriet Gibsone
Although we’ve seen several TV spots promoting Kimberly Peirce’s remake of Carrie, this is the first promotional clip released from the film, set to hit Us cinemas later this month.
Starring Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick Ass) as Carrie, this chilling clip sees her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore – Magnolia) shove her daughter into a tiny closet to pray for forgiveness. However, Carrie’s powers can’t be hidden for too much longer…
Co-starring Judy Greer (Arrested Development), Ansel Elgort (The Fault In Our Stars), Portia Doubleday (K-11), Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) and Alex Russell (Chronicle), you may recognise Peirce’s name from her tense 1999 drama Boys Don’T Cry, a marvel of emotions and screenwriting (highly recommended). Though some may doubt this remake, I think – especially with Chloe as Carrie – it will be brilliant!
Carrie hits Us cinemas from 18th October, whilst the UK will have to wait until 29th November. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Date: Nov. 5, 2013
Price: DVD $19.97, Blu-ray $24.99
In Clear History, David stars as Nathan, a marketing executive at a start-up electric car company who gives up his ten percent of the business after a petty argument with his boss (Jon Hamm, TV’s Mad Men). The company subsequently makes billions of dollars, destroying Nathan’s life and leaving him publicly humiliated. Ten years later, after changing his name to Rolly and moving to a small island off the Massachusetts coast, all is well – until something from the past threatens his new life.
Directed by Greg Mottola (Paul), the movie features »
Watching a Paul Thomas Anderson film – ex. Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, The Master, etc. – can sometimes be akin to experiencing a fever dream (albeit, one with underlying themes and ideas), so it should probably come as little surprise to learn that production on his movies can be perplexing in its own right. That’s the case according to actor Josh Brolin, who’s fresh off collaborating with Anderson on the auteur’s new literary adaptation, Inherent Vice.
Inherent Vice, based on the novel written by Thomas Pynchon (published in 2009), is such a live-wire piece of storytelling – like an old-school detective book by way of Hunter S. Thompson’s drug culture ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Today's ratings bulletin includes a bit of a surprise by including Bullhead director, Michael R. Roskam's follow-up, Animal Rescue, a new crime-drama featuring an impressive cast including Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenaerts. No surprise it's rated R and I've heard some buzz about a particular scene Gandolfini has in the film opposite Hardy that may be worth the price of admission alone. Additionally is a PG-rating for Kasi Lemmons' Black Nativity and a strong R rating for Kimberly Peirce's remake of Carrie starring Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore. Also looking down the list I see Takeshi Kitano's sequel Beyond Outrage, which, considering the lackluster original, doesn't seem all that necessary, but Magnolia is going to give it to us and then I thought the PG-rating for Christmas for A Dollar was pretty funny considering it's for "some mean behavior", whatever that means. The complete bulletin is listed below. »
- Brad Brevet
It's only because the phrase "the horror version of Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia" popped into my head three or four times during the excellent new horror film Proxy that I feel comfortable bringing it up here. That certainly sounds like a glib and lofty piece of praise for a bizarre indie thriller that starts out darkly compelling and slowly grows more unpredictable every fifteen minutes, but the surface-level comparison seems to fit. Much like the strange and challenging Magnolia, Proxy starts with one offbeat story -- and then branches off into a variety of darkly fascinating directions.
We open with the sad story of Esther Woodhouse, a very pregnant woman who is brutally beaten on her way home from a doctor's appointment. Following her physical recuperation, Esther is advised to attend a support group for women dealing with child-related tragedies, and that's where she meets Melanie Michaels, who was »
- Scott Weinberg
William H. Macy is one of those actors who you can't help but be in awe of. In everything from "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia" to his career-defining performance in "Fargo" and his current role as the hapless drunkard in the beloved Showtime series "Shameless," he exudes a steely professionalism, along with a sense of fatherly warmth that is more than just an impressive combination of skills; it's a talent that seems downright magical.
This week, Macy has a small role in a small movie called "A Single Shot." The film, about a man (Sam Rockwell) who accidentally murders a woman while out hunting, features Macy as a shady small town lawyer, who wears a floppy wig that hangs limply over his forehead, and has an off putting demeanor that makes you want to take a shower immediately after watching him.
We got a chance to talk to the actor about »
- Drew Taylor
Now that the kids have gone back to school, things have gotten relatively quiet in the streaming wars. One thing that alarms though is in looking at the list below, you see the usual titles from late last year being added to Now TV, Lovefilm etc, but where is the new stuff on Netflix? Sure they have added some good catalogue stuff but Gambit is their only title? Really?
It’s not looking good for Netflix which sucks because as I have said before, their software and its reliability and ease of use would mean they would have this war all sewn up if they could just land the big films the way Lovefilm and Now TV are doing, The Hobbit and Breaking Bad are their only recent big wins since Orange is the New Black. With the other big ones averaging at least one huge new title a week, »
- Chris Holt
For the second coming of Jason Reitman’s (Labor Day) now infamous Live Read program to the Toronto International Film Festival, the young auteur has yet again assembled an all-star cast to tackle one of his (and everyone else’s) all-time favorite films. Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights premiered at Tiff in the now defunct Uptown Theatre in 1997, the ensuing commotion causing an unpredicted street shutdown.
Reitman himself – his father in supportive attendance – excitedly introduced the event, declaring these reads even more fun than making actual films and announcing he and the cast would be working from a version of the original shooting script that would include select deleted scenes and alternate lines. Then our actors were introduced.
Dane Cook appeared to be at least the second-biggest fan on stage, enthusiastically delivering a spot-on Luis Guzman impression as Maurice Rodriguez, ideally timing Reed Rothchild’s lines – a scant helping »
- Tom Stoup
Chicago – The biggest column yet on What to Watch on DVD, Blu-ray, Netflix, Amazon, On Demand, and more is another seemingly random hodge-podge of offerings that you can use to guide your way through the new releases shelf at Best Buy, the On Demand section on Vudu, the store on iTunes, and maybe even Netflix and Hulu. Pick your favorites. This is the way we’d rank these new releases if you have a free night this weekend or money to burn next week.
Photo credit: Universal
“Parks and Recreation: Season Five”
The funniest show on network television. Seriously, it’s not even close. I love “Enlightened,” “Girls,” “Louie,” and even the FX bad boys of shows like “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Legit” but there’s nothing left on network TV to compare to this brilliant program now that “30 Rock” is gone. There are good comedies, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that two-time Academy Award®-nominated producer Michael De Luca (who co-produced David Fincher’s The Social Network with Scott Rudin and Dana Brunetti; and co-produced Bennett Miller’s Moneyball with Brad Pitt and Rachael Horovitz) will be honored with this year’s Hollywood Producer Award. Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, and De Luca also produced Paul Greengrass’ upcoming film Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, which Sony Pictures will release on October 11, 2013, following its world premiere as the Opening Night film at the 2013 New York Film Festival. The award will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. “Every year, we are very proud to honor excellence in the art of filmmaking in all its disciplines. Academy Award® nominated producer Michael De Luca »
- Josh Abraham
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